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Model Legislation Protecting Infants for State Legislatures

US-based Americans United for Life (AUL) released the Infants’ Protection Project, a series of model legislation to enhance protections for unborn children. The proposals include eight pieces of legislation for state legislators to introduce. According to AUL, the Project “includes model legislation protecting unborn infants from eugenics, barbaric late-term abortion procedures, and pain; affording legal protection and recognition to unborn children outside of the context of abortion; ensuring that mothers facing a poor prognosis for their unborn children are informed about the availability of hospice care for their families; and recognizing a deceased unborn infant’s right to a dignified treatment, including a respectful burial.” AUL states that all of the drafted bills are in line with constitutional protections and would be upheld in court. [from 2015: 47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22,...

US Circuit Court Upholds Arizona’s Law Banning Abortion for Baby’s Sex or Race

The US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Arizona’s law banning abortions based on a child’s race or sex. A lawsuit by the NAACP’s Maricopa County Branch and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum challenged the state’s 2011 law banning such abortions. The Circuit Court found that the challengers had no evidence the law made them “targets of discriminatory intent”, denying their right to sue. “Preserving the life of all babies, regardless of their sex or race, should be everyone’s priority…Nothing about an abortion committed on the basis of sex or race is medically necessary or constitutionally protected,” said Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden with the Alliance Defending Freedom, part of the coalition defending the law. [2015: 47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22,...

US: States Enact 47 New Pro-Life Laws in 2015

States across the US enacted 47 new pro-life laws in 2015 according to a new report, 2015 State of the States: Fighting Back by Pushing Forward, which looks at the nearly 400 bills proposed in state capitals that seek to increase protections against abortion. The report by pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights laments these legislative efforts to protect life and boasts of its work to challenge and block many of the laws in court. The report criticizes measures which require abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges, health code standards for abortion centers, waiting periods, and informed consent, calling them “dangerous”. The results of the Center’s report indicate that, from a life-affirming view, pro-life state legislators have had a successful year advancing a right to life. [47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22,...

Sierra Leone Parliament Votes to Legalize Abortion; Malawi Parliament Members Attend Pro-Life Forum

Sierra Leone’s Parliament voted to legalize abortion, approving the Safe Abortion Bill 2015. The new law will permit abortion on demand for the first trimester, and in certain exceptions later in pregnancy. The bill’s sponsor, Isatu Kabia, argued abortion needed to be legalized to be “safe”, and also said the country needed to pass the bill in order to domesticate the Maputo Treaty, to which Sierra Leone is a signatory. The passage was celebrated by abortion advocates Ipas and Marie Stopes, both of whom have been working closely with the government. A group of women assembled outside the parliament disapproved of the bill saying they would not want their children to have an abortion. “Our religions do not permit such practice, so also is our culture,” said one woman. “We were deceived today; we were given T-Shirts to come here without being rightly informed on the occasion,” lamented some women wearing T-shirts with the slogan ‘Child Bearing by Choice and Not by Force’. Culture of Life Africa reacted to the vote stating, “Who would have thought that a nation still reeling and recovering from an Ebola epidemic would choose death for their unborn children? However, under the intense lobbying efforts of Ipas , a pro-abortion organisation headquartered in North Carolina , the Parliament of Sierra Leone passed the ‘Safe Abortion Bill 2015’ into law on the 8th of December .” Obianuju Ekeocha, President of Culture of Life Africa, warned, “Today I call out to women and men across Africa to stay awake and be aware of the wiles and methods of the pro-abortion campaigners who care nothing for pregnant...

Dominican Republic: High Court Rules to Protect Life

The Dominican Republic’s high court has ruled a new law legalizing abortion is unconstitutional. The law, strongly supported by the president, would have permitted abortion in cases of rape, incest, and in cases where the unborn child had a disability. The case was filed by two pro-life groups, the Fundacion Matrimonio Feliz and the Fundacion Justicia y Transparencia, who argued that the law violated Article 37 of the constitution, which protects the right to life from conception to death. The Dominican Republic is one of many Latin American countries being targeted by pro-abortion groups to change its law. [from 2015: 47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22,...

State Legislatures Have Passed Nearly 50 Pro-Life Bills in 2015 Saving Babies From Abortion

Pro-lifers won new victories for the unborn this year when state legislators approved nearly 50 pro-life bills. The Hill reports that 16 states passed pro-life legislation to restrict abortions and protect unborn babies in 2015, according to data released by the abortion advocacy group Center for Reproductive Rights. Two states passed significant new laws that protect unborn babies from violent abortions after 20 weeks, after the point at which they are capable of feeling pain. West Virginia fought a long and hard battle to pass the 20-week abortion ban, even overriding Gov. Ear Ray Tomblin’s veto in a historic move. Wisconsin also passed a similar pro-life law in July. In 2015, legislators in Michigan, Ohio and South Carolina also introduced bills to protect unborn babies from abortions after 20 weeks, according to the abortion group’s report. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based on a National Right to Life model bill that also became law in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. Meanwhile, five states voted to lengthen waiting periods for abortion: Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee, the report states. These mandatory waiting periods allow women more time to find abortion alternatives and choose life for their child. They also help to give women time to think about the decision, especially if they have faced pressure from a partner or at an abortion clinic. North Carolina, South Dakota and Oklahoma passed 72-hour waiting periods earlier this year, joining Missouri and Utah in requiring the three-day period, LifeNews previously reported. Overall, 26 states require a waiting period, usually 24 hours. Though it...

National Abortion Federation Invited Undercover Fetal Harvesting Investigator Daleiden to Their ‘Top-Secret’ Meetings, and Invited Him Back

Life Legal Brief Completely Refutes National Abortion Federation: NAF Invited David Daleiden To Its ‘Secret’ Meetings The National Abortion Federation has played the victim card too long. In the months since suing David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) has claimed that David and other investigators are “racketeers” who went on a “three-year crime spree” and committed “fraud,” “crashed” the NAF meetings, and “stole” NAF information. NAF is suing for an injunction to prevent David from releasing the recordings and information he obtained at the NAF meeting on the grounds that he “snuck into” their completely secure, private meetings and repelled them with his constant questions about buying fetal tissue. Nothing could be further from the truth. On Thursday, Life Legal filed an opposition brief to NAF’s motion for preliminary injunction. The brief argues that the public has a right to know what David uncovered at the NAF meetings, that he conducted his investigation legally, and that NAF welcomed David and the other investigators as dealers in fetal tissue. David’s declaration, filed with the opposition brief, gives a very different version of events than NAF has provided — and includes the evidence to back it up: “In September 2013, I directed two investigators to attend a conference of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) as representatives of BioMax Procurement Services. At that time, BioMax was not registered with the California Secretary of State and did not have a website, flyers, or signage. BioMax was the name for a business that had not yet come into formal existence.” At the ARHP meeting, the...

Abortion Activists Fear Supreme Court Upholding Ban on Dismemberment Abortions, Aim for Kansas Supreme Court Decision to Avoid SCOTUS

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, all fourteen judges of Kansas’ state Court of Appeals will begin analyzing all legal briefs, pro and con, for an expedited hearing on the grisly topic of dismemberment abortions. That includes a “friend of the court” brief submitted by Kansans for Life in support of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Schmidt is appealing a lower court decision that blocked implementation of the state’s first-in-the-nation Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. Oral arguments are set for December 9 [2015]. Last July Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks issued an injunction, blocking Senate Bill 95 from going in effect. The Act bans a barbaric abortion method that tears living, well-formed unborn babies apart in their mother’s wombs. The preliminary injunction was obtained by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Kansas father-daughter abortionists at the Center for Women’s Health in suburban Kansas City. But the abortionists’ lawsuit was not filed in the federal court route that ends with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Kansas Attorney General’s legal team points out clearly in its filings that the abortionists logically should have taken that path, but instead are pursuing the state court path that ends with the state Supreme Court. Why? Two reasons. Abortion attorneys… 1. recognize this Act could well be upheld for the nation, and 2. want to, instead, carve out a state right to abortion as interpreted into the Bills of Rights section of the Kansas Constitution. The explanation for #1 is that dismemberment method abortions were examined at some length by the U.S. Supreme Court during their deliberations on partial-birth...

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Requiring Admitting Privileges for Abortionists

A U.S. appeals court ruled Monday that a Wisconsin law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is unconstitutional. Admitting privileges are important because they would help protect the health of a woman who is victimized by a botched abortion; and they have been successful in other states in closing abortion sites that cannot protect women’s health. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the law “curtails the constitutional right to abortion” by restricting abortion access, Reuters reported. Wisconsin enacted the law in June of 2013, to require that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. “The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision yesterday is detrimental to providing continuity of care for women who suffer complications from an abortion,” said Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life, in an email to LifeNews. “Wisconsin Right to Life is disappointed that women will continue to not receive the care they need under these frightening circumstances.” In July 2013, the admitting privileges provision was challenged in Federal Court by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Affiliated Medical Services and the ACLU of Wisconsin. Abortionists at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin were able to obtain admitting privileges in Appleton, Madison and Milwaukee, but other abortionists are still attempting to acquire them. They were denied partly because of lack of peer review of their abortion practice. In March, a federal judge blocked the Wisconsin law, saying that it created a burden on “women’s health” by restricting access to abortion and that outweighed any “health benefits” of the law, according to Reuters. In the...

Life Legal Defends David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress – Time Line of Legal Action

Life Legal is grateful for the opportunity to represent David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Earlier this year, David released the first of a series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts. We wanted to give you an overview of what has happened on the legal front since then. In July, shortly after the release of the first video, David was hit with two separate lawsuits. The first was filed by StemExpress, a procurer or broker of fetal body parts. The second suit was filed by the National Abortion Federation (NAF), of which Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are members. The NAF lawsuit alleged thirteen separate counts of action and sought an injunction to keep David’s videos out of public view. NAF is represented by one of the largest law firms in the nation, employing some 1,000 attorneys. In August, Life Legal filed an “anti-SLAPP” motion. A “SLAPP” or Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation is designed to chill speech by making it prohibitively expensive and time-consuming to defend a lawsuit. Life Legal argues that NAF’s suit is baseless and was only filed to silence David and prevent the public from knowing the truth about the trade in fetal body parts. NAF later amended its complaint, and Life Legal plans to respond with another anti-SLAPP motion. In September the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals got involved by issuing a temporary stay on discovery, which was later lifted. September also saw the first of many congressional hearings in conjunction with a formal investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood. As part of the...

Ohio House Blocks Some Tax Funds to Abortionists, and Adopts Partial Abortion Defunding Bill

Tuesday [17 Nov 15], the Ohio House of Representatives passed Substitute House Bill 294 to block abortion providers in Ohio from qualifying for five funding programs administered by the Ohio Department of Health. The chamber adopted the measure 62-30 after lengthy debate. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Representatives Margaret Conditt (Butler County) and Bill Patmon (Cleveland), now moves to the Ohio Senate, which adopted their own version of the same language (SB 214) in October. Pro-life leaders from around the state of Ohio attended the Ohio House session during debate, including leaders from Ohio Prolife Action, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, Cleveland Right to Life, and Citizens for Community Values. While generally supportive of the House action, these leaders noted three missing pieces of concern. “The legislation still doesn’t completely block Ohio tax dollars, whether state or federal in the form of Medicaid reimbursements, from increasing the coffers of organizations profiting from the killing of defenseless unborn children,” stated Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life. “Today they still did not address rescinding Medicaid contracts from these entities now under state and federal investigation.” Abortion providers qualify for Medicaid reimbursements under certain conditions, as defined by state and federal code. The House bill only prohibits funding of certain programs granted to abortionists who perform “non-therapeutic” abortions, which means that babies conceived in rape or incest remain at risk for misnamed “therapeutic” abortions currently covered under Medicaid in Ohio. “It is always a plus when public policy moves in the direction of protecting innocent preborn children and their mothers,” noted Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Right to Life...

Congressional and State Panels & Votes on Planned Parenthood Funding

After Voting to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, GOP Congress Cuts Funding to Pro-Abortion UNFPA Ohio House De-Funds Planned Parenthood After It Sells Aborted Baby Parts New Panel to Investigate Planned Parenthood Harvesting & Sale of Aborted Baby Parts U.S. House, 240-189, De-Funds Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Caught Selling Aborted Baby Parts   After Voting to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, GOP Congress Cuts Funding to Pro-Abortion UNFPA Just two weeks after the the House and Senate approved legislation to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, Republican leaders in Congress took the next step to help get American taxpayers out of the abortion industry. They added language to the FY 2016 budget bill that would yank another 7% in funding away from the UNFPA, which promotes abortions worldwide. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/15/naacp-loses-lawsuit-to-overturn-ban-on-abortions-targeting-black-unborn-babies/ Ohio House De-Funds Planned Parenthood After It Sells Aborted Baby Parts After the Planned Parenthood abortion company was caught in multiple states selling aborted babies and their body parts, several states have taken steps to de-fund it. Ohio is the next up to the plate with new legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood, which runs approximately one-third of the abortion centers in the Buckeye State. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/17/ohio-house-de-funds-planned-parenthood-after-it-sells-aborted-baby-parts/ New Panel to Investigate Planned Parenthood Harvesting & Sale of Aborted Baby Parts Several top pro-life members of Congress have been named to a new committee that will take the lead in investigating Planned Parenthood’s sale of body parts from aborted babies. The new panel is the same kind of select committee that has been investigating the terrorist attack in Beghazi, Libya responsible for killing an American ambassador and security personnel. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/10/23/top-pro-lifers-lead-new-panel-investigating-planned-parenthood-selling-aborted-baby-parts/   House Defunds Planned Parenthood Caught Selling...

Press Release: Motion to Repeal the 8th Amendment (& Legalize Abortion) Was Decisively Rejected in Limerick County & City Council

The Life Institute has welcomed the defeat of a motion to Repeal the 8th Amendment which was before the Limerick City and County Council yesterday. The motion was proposed by members of the Anti-Austerity Alliance but was decisively rejected yesterday as 23 Councillors voted against the amendment with just 12 supporting the call to repeal the constitutional provision. [Thanks to Mick in Limerick Pro-Life Action for photo] Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute said that it was significant that Councillors had chosen to listen to the wishes of their constituents rather than to the media-driven push to legalise abortion-on-demand in Ireland. “We welcome this vote by Limerick County and City Council which reflects the opinion of the majority of Irish people who are opposed to the kind of abortion legislation supported by campaigners who are pushing to repeal the 8th amendment,” she said. “The clamour to repeal the 8th Amendment and legalise abortion as a matter of ‘choice’ is almost entirely media led and driven,” said. “Last July the Rally for Life attracted 30,000 people to march against abortion; last week, the pro-abortion March for Choice only drew a tenth of that number. There is no significant grassroots movement to legalise abortion.” Ms Uí Bhriain said that Limerick voters had made their pro-life views known to Councillors and she commended those opposing the motion for understanding the consequences of repealing the 8th Amendment. “By banning abortion, the 8th Amendment has kept our abortion rates low – just 5% of babies conceived in Ireland are aborted [ http://www.thejournal.ie/abortions-ireland-26-2188298-Jun2015/ – “26 Terminations Carried Out in Ireland Under New Abortion Laws”...

Missouri University Ends Planned Parenthood Abortionist’s Privileges as of December 1 / UPDATE: Not Quite…

UPDATES 3 Dec 2015 Missouri Judge Allows Unqualified Planned Parenthood to Keep its Abortion License for Now Legislature fights back by filing a bill to protect women from shoddy providers When Missouri University cancelled Colleen McNicholas’ deficient “refer and follow” privileges, it created a crisis at the Planned Parenthood office in Columbia, Missouri. Not only did they no longer have an abortionist that could legally continue abortions there, but it also meant that they were no longer qualified for licensure as an abortion facility. Knowing they could not comply with the legal requirements of licensure, Planned Parenthood sued and obtained a temporary injunction blocking the State from revoking its facility license. In a teleconference hearing yesterday, U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey, extended the injunction to December 30, 2015, in order to give Planned Parenthood more time to find a new abortionist with local hospital privileges to replace McNicholas. Laughrey is a 1995 nominee of pro-abortion President Bill Clinton. “The main purpose of the judiciary is to interpret the laws, not circumvent them,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Since Planned Parenthood cannot meet the legal requirements, the clinic should not be allowed to maintain its abortion facility license. It’s just that simple.” Right now, Planned Parenthood cannot legally do abortions because it has no abortionist that can qualify for local hospital privileges, a compliance issue for Planned Parenthood that has kept abortions out of Columbia on and off for years. Meanwhile, the Missouri Legislature has filed its first bill pushing back against the unaccountability of Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos released by the Center for Medical...

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Measure Cutting Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood, Goes Now to Senate

The state Assembly voted Thursday to strip Planned Parenthood of about $3.5 million in government funding a year. The measure passed, 60-35, with all Republicans backing it and all Democrats opposing it. It now goes to the Senate, which like the Assembly is controlled by Republicans. The debate came as Republicans struggle over separate legislation that would ban research using fetal tissue from abortions. One legislative leader said Thursday he hoped to find a compromise on the measure by next month. Eliminating Planned Parenthood’s funding has gained momentum following the release of videos by abortion opponents that show a Planned Parenthood official in California discussing the cost of providing fetal body parts for medical research. “Planned Parenthood is nothing more than a maintenance garage that treats women like sex objects,” Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) said. “Women need access to real health care. Let’s get that done.” Republicans said citizens opposed to abortion should not have to fund the state’s largest abortion provider with their tax dollars. Instead, services should be offered by providers that do not have ties to groups that perform abortions. Democrats argued the effort to block federal money from going to Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin would increase public health problems and future taxpayer costs by causing people without other options to lose access to birth control and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases. “It’s a political vendetta, and the collateral damage is going to be women in poverty,” Rep. Debra Kolste (D-Janesville) said. The bill would prevent the state from passing on federal money it receives through the Title X grant program to any group that...

U.S. House Votes 18 Sept 2015 to De-Fund Planned Parenthood & to Hold PP Criminally Liable for Harvesting Aborted Babies Still Alive

House Votes to De-Fund Planned Parenthood After it Sells Body Parts From Aborted Babies The House of Representatives voted today for legislation that would temporarily de-fund Planned Parenthood while an investigation continues into it s sale of aborted babies and their body parts. The House voted 241 to 187 for the bill with 239 Republicans voting for the bill to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and 3 Democrats joining them. … Rep. Diane Black, a Tennessee Republican who is the pro-life lawmaker sponsoring the legislation and a nurse for more than 40 years, sponsored the legislation. The bill would freeze Planned Parenthood funding for one year while Congress conducts an investigation into its sales of aborted babies. The House vote would follow one the Senate had weeks ago, which saw Senate Democrats filibuster and block legislation to revoke $550 million in taxpayer funding. The Senate is expected to vote soon on a second attempt to de-fund Planned Parenthood. A new Congressional report finds that de-funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business — even for one year — would save “several thousand” unborn babies from the nightmare of abortion. The report also finds de-funding Planned Parenthood would save the federal government $235 million. During the debate, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor in defense of innocent human life and urged his colleagues to put a moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding in light of its barbaric practices. … Read remainder of article at link below. [ http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/18/house-votes-to-de-fund-planned-parenthood-after-it-sells-body-parts-from-aborted-babies/ ] House Passes Bill to Hold Planned Parenthood Criminally Liable for Harvesting Aborted Babies Still Alive The House of Representatives...

Federal Appeals Court Shuts Down Abortion Group’s Attempt to Stop the Release of More Planned Parenthood Videos

A federal appeals court has shut down the attempt by a pro-abortion group to stop the release of more videos exposing the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Last month a federal judge in California blocked the release of additional videos showing the abortion industry selling the body parts of aborted babies for research. The order applies only to a trade group representing independent abortion businesses not affiliated with Planned Parenthood. While the videos have focused on the Planned Parenthood abortion business and the biotech firm StemExpress, which buys and resells aborted baby body parts from the abortion giant, the National Abortion Federation is concerned about footage from events it has sponsored for abortion clinics across the country. NAF said it “filed today in federal court seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction which would prohibit the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), David Daleiden, and others from releasing recordings and materials they illegally obtained at NAF’s educational meetings.” Today, a federal appeals court stopped NAF’s bid to block further videos. As Politico reports: A federal appeals court has stepped into the legal fray over undercover videos that anti-abortion groups say demonstrate the sale of aborted fetuses. On July 31, U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick issued a temporary restraining order barring the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress from releasing videos of National Abortion Federation meetings and from identifying any federation members by name. He’s extended the order several times, despite requests from CMP to lift it. On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit granted the anti-abortion video maker’s request to block Orrick from converting the temporary...

Nationwide Protest Set for 10 October 2015: Prosecute, De-fund, & Protest Planned Parenthood

Action Alert: Prosecute, Defund, & Protest Planned Parenthood In response to the Congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of fetal body parts and the ongoing debates on defunding Planned Parenthood and passing protections for babies born alive during abortions, Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue has issued this call to action. Please view the video then take action — http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/action-alert-prosecute-defund-protest-planned-parenthood/ To send postcards to Congress to encourage the defunding of Planned Parenthood, visit — http://defundplannedparenthoodnow.com/ To join the nationwide protest on October 10, 2015, seeking criminal prosecutions of Planned Parenthood for illegal fetal parts trafficking, visit http://protestpp.com/ For the latest stories and analysis from Operation Rescue concerning the Center for Medical Progress’ Human Capital Project, click here — http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/action-alert-prosecute-defund-protest-planned-parenthood/ Please share this video using #DefundPP, #ProsecutePP, #ProtestPP and #PPSellsBabyParts. [18 Sept 2015] Stop Funding Planned Parenthood On Tuesday, the Center for Medical Progress released its tenth video exposing Planned Parenthood’s appalling disregard for unborn babies. Planned Parenthood executives are seen mocking laws against selling aborted baby parts while acknowledging the public relations problem they would have if Americans knew what they were doing. In response, the House of Representatives will take up two bills on Thursday. The first, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134), would halt federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. The second, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504), would increase criminal penalties for abortionists who kill babies who survive the abortion. Both of these bills are good policy, but unfortunately, they have no chance of becoming law before the end of this fiscal year. The only way to stop federal funding for...

5 Takeaways from 9 September 2015 House Judiciary Committee Hearing on ‘Planned Parenthood Exposed’

Gianna Jessen; NRLC General Counsel James Bopp,Jr.; Priscilla Smith, director of the Yale Law School’s Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice; and Melissa Ohden sworn in during a hearing before House Judiciary Committee Alas, I had way too many irons in the fire Wednesday to be able to attend the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing titled, “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.” That’s unfortunate because there is nothing like attending in person. However I was able to watch portions online in real time and then a little more last night when the hearing was rebroadcast on C-SPAN. I would strongly encourage you to watch the hearing. Here are five takeaways. #1. Talk about setting the table…The leadoff witness was Gianna Jessen. Her story is remarkable enough at any level. In 1977, saline abortion was a common second-trimester technique used to kill huge babies. The late J.C. Willke, MD, NRLC’s president for a decade, famously called them (correctly) salt-poisoning abortions. Gianna told her story with the passion and the grit and indefatigable zest for life that those of us who have seen her many times before have come to expect. It was fascinating–no lesser word will do–to watch the faces of various people the camera captured. One man continued to methodically chew his gum. A young woman did her best not to look up, either at Gianna as she testified, or at the documents and photos that were shown on a screen. Amazingly, after 18 hours of being burned in her mother’s womb, Gianna was delivered alive in an abortion business in...

Florida Planned Parenthood Business Still Cannot Do Abortions

PP Held to Its Word in Restrictive Covenant…. PP Officials Admit that Abortions Are a MAJOR Part of Their Business…. As Planned Parenthood on the national stage reels from revelations that it sells baby body parts, alters procedures to suit high-rolling body part buyers, performs illegal partial birth abortions, and even peddles fetal tissue contrary to the mother’s wishes, a PP “health center” in Kissimmee, Florida, right outside Disney World, has received bad news: its motion filed with the Fifth District Court of Appeals is denied, so that abortions are still prohibited on its premises. The court’s order in the matter of Planned Parenthood v. MMB Properties, issued on August 11, effectively continues a prohibition in place since May 22, 2015. At issue in this case is not the general propriety of Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills but the application of a restrictive covenant PP accepted when it purchased property at the Oak Commons Medical Park. Another property owner subject to the same covenant filed a complaint because the park’s “Declaration of Restrictions” disallowed the operation of an “outpatient surgical center” on site. There followed an absolute hurricane of defensive measures from Planned Parenthood, a temporary stay for the abortion giant, and finally an affirmation of the covenant’s force. Thanks to the district court’s August 11 order, that affirmation continues, and PP may not provide abortions at its Oak Commons site. PP intends further appeals. Arguments made by the pro-abortion side in the case would constitute great comedy material if they weren’t so sad. At one time, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman actually stated that surgical abortions were not surgical, since...